Today in History for March 28th

Highlights of this day in history: An accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant; Former President Dwight Eisenhower dies; The Spanish Civil War ends; Maria von Trapp of 'Sound of Music' fame dies; Singer Reba McEntire born. (March 28)

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SANDY KOZEL: March 28, 1979. America's worst commercial nuclear accident takes place at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania. Though the health effects are considered small, the accident strengthens opposition to the nation's nuclear power industry.

1969.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER: Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force, you are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months.

SANDY KOZEL: In Washington, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led the D-Day invasion of World War II, dies at age 78.

1939. The Spanish Civil War effectively ends, as Madrid falls to the forces of General Francisco Franco. He ruled Spain as its dictator for more than three and 1/2 decades.

1987.

[MUSIC - JULIE ANDREWS, "THE SOUND OF MUSIC"]

- (SINGING) The hills are alive with the sound of music.

SANDY KOZEL: Maria von Trapp, whose life inspired the musical and movie, "The Sound of Music, " dies in Vermont at age 82.

And 1955.

[MUSIC - REBA MCENTIRE, "FANCY"]

- (SINGING) She said, here's your once chance, Fancy, don't let me down.

Country singer Reba McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma.

Today in History, March 28. Sandy Kozel, The Associated Press.

- (SINGING) --bit of perfume on my neck, then she--